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Dear Patriot Pioneers Families: Welcome to the 2011-12 school year! I would like to welcome all of our student and families. I look forward to the start of a new school year and the opportunities and challenges that the school year will bring. We are very fortunate to have this state of the art high school for our students to attend, and we have worked diligently to match instructional staff with the instructional ideology that went into the design of this building.

L e a d e r s h i p , I n t e g r i t y, C h a r a c t e r , P r i d e

As our inaugural year begins, the staff of Patriot High School is committed to creating an optimal learning environment that provides students with multiple opportunities to experience success, both in the classroom and through participation in extracurricular activities. During the school year, we encourage our students to always partake of opportunities to experience success- from tutoring to club participation and extra-curricular activities. These experiences will provide leadership skills and let students focus on developing their full potential. Many new and exciting activities will happen at Patriot High School throughout our first year; all of them will be “firsts” and we should enjoy each and every moment. The opening of Patriot High School was the embodiment of our motto- Leadership, Integrity, Character, Pride- from Prince William County Schools (PWCS) construction teams, staff and faculty, and most importantly, the early involvement of you as parents and students. It is no secret that a parent’s involvement in a child’s school has an important impact on the educational success of the student. Your presence and support are welcomed and appreciated at Patriot High School. We hope that you continue to partner with us in our efforts to support your child. Please get involved with groups such as the Parent Teacher Student Association, the Booster organization, and attending student activities. Our supportive community will positively influence our school, and we continue to need your help. Our Back-to-School Night has been scheduled for Monday, October 3, at 6:30 p.m. I encourage you to attend to find out about the classes your student is taking and how to support him or her throughout the school year. Our students are expected to be leaders and role models within our school and throughout our community. These four words- Leadership, Integrity, Character, Pride- along with the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey and “The Leader in Me” by Sean Covey define and create the vision for our end product- educated graduates who have the skills to be successful, to be an asset to the community, and ready for the 21st century. As principal of Patriot, I am proud to be a Pioneer and look forward to creating an environment of excellence at Patriot High School. Please work every day to make your high school experience here the best. Set your expectations high; everyone at Patriot strives for your success! Thank you for your continued support of our school. I hope to meet each of you during the year, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with your child.


Principal “HOME OF THE PIONEERS” 10504 Kettle Run Road, Nokesville, VA 20181 • 703.594.3020 • 703.594.2814 Bell Schedule Grading Schedule Calendar 2011-12

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Club & Activities PTSA Library

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PARKING PROCEDURES Parking decals will be sold to students after they have completed the parking quiz. Students should read the information posted on the Web page or the Rules and Regulations listed below in order to successfully pass the quiz. Until the quiz is available online download and take the paper version. The quiz can then be turned in when applying for the permit. Decals can be purchased for $100 by seeing a member of the Security Staff during the school day. Applications for the decal may be filled out online, printed and signed by the student’s parent from your home computer. After October 11, students who wish to drive and park at Patriot H.S. must have purchased a decal. Failure to possess the decal may result in a warning, discipline, and/or towing. Listed below are the requirements to gain permission to drive and park your vehicle at Patriot HS: Drivers must be fully licensed and possess insurance in order to purchase a permit. Students must purchase and display a parking decal by obtaining and completing the Student Parking Application (see above). Those not displaying decals will be subject to be towing at the owners expense. Students may not return to their vehicles for any reason unless permission has been granted by an Administrator. Any student leaving the property in their vehicle without signing out will lose privileges to park on the lot for a period of time determined by the principal. Students reported and confirmed to be driving in a reckless manner while travelling to or from school will be subject to a loss of driving privileges. Students that drive on school property must use caution and obey posted signs. Students that drive recklessly or fail to obey traffic rules may lose parking privileges or be referred to the Prince William County Police. All vehicles are subject to search if there is reasonable suspicion that drugs, alcohol, weapons, stolen property, or other contraband are present. Students will lose the permit and permission to park on school property if the decal is copied, sold, or transferred to another student. Security must be notified if a substitute vehicle is driven. Lost decals should be reported to Security and a new decal will be issued for $5 dollar replacement fee. Students may only park in those spots designated as student parking. Violators may be warned, disciplined or possibly towed. The parking map is visible on the Web page and page 6 of this newsletter. Tardies to school will be handled as follows: 1-3

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Saturday School/ Community Service


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Loss of Parking for 3 Days


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We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles. ~ Jimmy Carter

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PHS NEWS AND INFORMATION IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME IN ADULT EDUCATION! Adult education classes, offered by Prince William County Public Schools, serving residents of Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park, will begin the week of September 19, 2011. Classes include: Adult Basic Education (for reading, writing, and math improvement), GED Preparation, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and the National External Diploma Program. For scheduling information call 703.791.2319. Registration for classes will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. at Stonewall Middle School in Manassas on Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8; and at Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge on Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13. Daytime registration will be held from noon - 2 p.m. at the Adult Learning Center at Independent Hill on Friday, September 9. Allow approximately one hour for registration. Tuition fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. For more information call 703.791.2319.

¡Es tiempo de regresar a la escuela en el Programa de Educación para Adultos! Las clases de Educación para Adultos ofrecidas por las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince William que sirve a los residentes del Condado de Prince William, la ciudad de Manassas y Manassas Park, comenzarán la semana del 19 de septiembre del 2011. Las clases incluyen: Educación básica para Adultos, (para leer, escribir y mejoramiento en matématicas), preparación para el GED, Inglés para hablantes de otros idiomas (ESOL) y el programa para obtener el diploma de escuela superior. Para itinerario llame al 703.791.2319. La registración para la Sesión 1 comenzara los dias 7 y 8 de septiembre en la escuela Stonewall Middle School en Manassas de 5 a 7 de la tarde. En la escuela Gar-Field High School en Woodbridge los dias 12 y 13 septiembre de 5 a 7 de la tarde. En el Adult Learning Center en Independent Hill el dia 9 de septiembre de 12 a 2 de la tarde. El tiempo de registración puede tomar aproximadamente 2 horas. El costo de la registración debe ser pagado el momento de la registración. Llames para mas informacíon 703.791.2319

First Day Schedule at Patriot High School

Students should use locator card (to be mailed) to find first block teacher and classroom. First block teachers will also be posted to the windows on the following doors for students over the weekend: 9th Grade – Bus Loop @ doors 4/5/6 –facing T Clay Wood ES 10th Grade – Front of Building @ doors 1/3 11th Grade – Football Stadium @ doors 26/27/28 Upon arrival, provide locator card to teacher and receive student schedule. Students will be provided with a brief orientation in first block by each teacher as to location of classes, bell schedule, and first day plans and procedures. Students will have opportunities to learn their way around the building during each block of the first two days, as well as participate in “team building” and “get to know you” activities with other students and staff. Days three and four (September 8 & 9) will be used to cover PWCS policies such as Code of Behavior and Instructional expectations for each class. September 7

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8:10-8:55 2nd Block

8:55-10:20 3rd Block

8:55-10:20 4th Block

8:55-10:20 3rd Block

9:00-10:20 4th Block 12:25-1:50 FLEX (Return to 1st)

10:25-12:20 5th Block

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12:25-1:50 FLEX 12:25-1:05 (1st Block) 1:10-1:50 (2nd Block)

Pep Rally in Main Gym

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PHS NEWS AND INFORMATION OPT OUT OF RELEASE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION Directory information includes, but is not limited to, the following data: 1. Name of student in attendance or no longer in attendance; 2. Address, including electronic address; 3. Date and place of birth; 4. Telephone listing; 5. Dates of attendance; 6. Participation in officially recognized activities and sports; 7. Height and weight, if member of athletic team; 8. Degrees and awards received; 9. Other similar information; and 10. Photograph (s) or video depicting students, whether hard-copy or electronic. Unless a parent asks for non-disclosure, the school will honor requests for directory information if the principal or designee believes the release of information is in the best interest of the student(s), school, and the School Division. The School Division guidelines can be found in Regulation 790-4 on the Prince William County Public School web site. Parents who wish to prevent disclosure of directory information may instruct their school in writing not to release the types of data listed on page 7 by completing the following form(s) and returning the form(s) to the student’s school within 30 days of receipt.

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ATTENDANCE @ 703.594.3021 Attendance

Reasons for absence from school- all day, tardy, or early dismissal Personal illness of the student Medical and dental appointments for the student Death of an immediate family member Observation of a religious holiday Emergency conditions at the student’s home requiring the student’s assistance Reasons of extenuating circumstances to be judged by the principal/designee Short trips taken by the entire family when required because of care of the child, especially if the trip is construed to be of educational value and made part of the instructional program Student participation in school sponsored activities occurring during school hours Court appearance Approved pre-arranged absence

Reasons for absence from school- all day, tardy, or early dismissal- not excused Truancy from school Class truancy Missing the bus or ride to school Disapproved pre-arranged absence Failure to produce an appropriate explanation for absence Traffic delay for student drivers Please note further documentation (e.g. doctor’s note, court subpoena) may be requested.

All Day Absence Within two days of returning to school, the student must present a written note, stating the reason for the absence, signed and dated by the parent and/or guardian with a contact number. In all cases, it is not desirable for a student to sign a note, even with the parents’ knowledge or consent.

Pre-arranged Absence If it is necessary for the student to be absent for an extended period of time, the student must present a note one week prior to the absence. The request must include the reason for absence, dates of absence, parent and/or guardian’s signature, and a telephone number for verification. Once approved, the student will take the approved request to his or her teachers for their signatures. The teachers may provide work at his or her convenience before the absence. The teacher signed request should be returned to the attendance office prior to the absence. Early Dismissal In order to leave school early, the student needs to submit a written note before the first class of the day to the attendance office. The note will include the reason for the early dismissal, the time of the requested dismissal, and the parent and/or guardian’s signature with a contact number. An early dismissal slip will be written for the student only after verbal verification by the parent and/or guardian or the person designated as the emergency contact on the Emergency Card. No phone calls will be accepted unless it is a true emergency. In case of an emergency early dismissal, a note should be turned in within 24 hours. The student should report to the attendance office to sign out before leaving the building. In all cases, it is not desirable for a student to sign a note, even with the parents’ knowledge or consent.

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch. ~John F. Kennedy

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ATTENDANCE Students who do not follow proper procedure for early dismissal will receive an unexcused absence for each class missed and will be subject to disciplinary action. If a parent later excuses the student leaving the premises without proper school approval, a discipline referral will be issued for improper check out. An early dismissal during any testing time is highly discouraged, and should be limited to true emergencies only. Tardies

Tardy to School Students who are not seated and ready for class by 7:20 a.m. or arrive late to school should report to the attendance office before going to class. A valid note including the reason for the tardy, date, student’s name, telephone number, and preferably, the student’s estimated time of arrival will be required for an excused tardy. If no note is turned in, the tardy is unexcused. In all cases, it is not desirable for a student to sign a note, even with the parents’ knowledge or consent.

Tardy to Class Students who are not seated and ready for class by the tardy bell should report to the Tardy Table located in the commons to get an unexcused tardy pass to class.

THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE AND THE LEADER IN ME To implement the practice for staff and students, teachers will receive lesson plans and/or activities on Friday the week before the next start date. Activities take 20-30 minutes. Flex Block will rotate each week for implementation but each classroom will be doing the same thing. Shared drive and/or fusion page with ideas and suggestions will be created. Week of



















FOOTBALL- Please come out and support our team for the start of their season. August 29 @ 7 p.m. at STONEWALL JACKSON (First game of the season!) September 7 @ 7 p.m. at FREEDOM September 15 @ 7 p.m. HOME GAME against GARFIELD Please check our Web page calendar for more upcoming and exciting sport events at Spirit wear will be sold at home games. Show your Pioneer pride!

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SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE NEWS AND VIEWS School Counseling Department Terri Snoots, Director of School Counseling Tiffany Smith, Counselor- A-E Diana De Jesus Brent, Counselor- F-Le Laura Feeley, Counselor- Li-Ri Susan Sigmon, Counselor- Ro-Z Linda Fair, Registrar Ginger Baltimore, Counseling Office Secretary Welcome Patriot Pioneer students and families! We look forward to working with you this school year and those to come. The counselors, assigned to students by the students last name, are swiftly working on finalizing schedules and registering new students for school. Locator cards will be mailed out the week of August 29 and contain students first block class. Students, please verify your first block class with the rosters that will be posted around the school starting the night of Friday, September 2. Schedule Changes As students have had the opportunity to change schedules early this summer, we will not be doing schedule changes except in cases of a wrong class. If student has a wrong class, for example, they passed English 9 and are placed back in that class, please let their teacher know and they will be sent to the counseling office to meet with their counselor during the class that is incorrect. Parent Teacher Conferences We encourage parents to use the new Parent Portal system to check grades and attendance as well as joining their student’s teacher school fusion pages in order to keep up with the most up to date information. We also encourage parents to email or call to address concerns about their student. In those rare cases where a face-to-face meeting is necessary, parents should contact the teacher directly to set up a meeting if they are requesting to meet with one or two teachers. If a conference with three or more teachers is needed and you have shared the concern with the teachers through email or a phone call, please call the students counselor, who will coordinate the meeting.

The School Counseling Department of Patriot High School welcomes you to the 2011 – 12 school year. Use the expertise and talents of your counselor to help make it an exciting and rewarding year with adventures galore. The School Counseling Staff is ready to assist you in reaching your goals.

Student Services JoAnn Hahn, School Nurse Toni Van Sprewenburg, School Psychologist Michelle Wilson, School Social Worker Travis Broaddus, Attendance Officer

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SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE NEWS AND VIEWS PSAT NEWS Patriot High School will offer PSAT to all sophomores and juniors on OCTOBER 12 at NO COST to students. 2011-12 College Fairs Western Prince William County Regional College Fair Battlefield High School Monday, September 26 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Prince William County Regional College Fair Freedom High School 15201 Neabsco Mills Rd Woodbridge, VA 22191 Tuesday, October 11 6-8 p.m.


Prince William County Public Schools has initiative in place as an effort to help students recognize depression and signs of suicide (SOS). The SOS Suicide Prevention Program helps students recognize symptoms of depression. It explains that depression is treatable and suicide is preventable. It also impresses upon teens that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns. Patriot High School (PHS) will be offering this film in October. Our social worker, as well as the school psychologist, will work collaboratively with the school counseling department to implement the program at PHS. ------------------------------- -------------------------------------If you do NOT wish your child to participate in SOS: Signs of Suicide prevention training, please notify the school psychologist or school social worker in writing immediately. You may use the following slip: I, the undersigned parent/guardian do NOT give permission for my child to be screened for depression via the screening program: Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program which will take place in October 2011.

Name of Student who will NOT participate (please print)


Signature of Parent/Guardian

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. ~ Diogenes Laertius

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We will host our final orientation for students that could not attend the previous orientations. Our final orientation will be held on August 31, at 6 p.m. This will allow students to meet administrators, purchase yearbooks and gym uniforms, and have a tour of the school before school begins. We encourage all future Pioneers to attend if he or she was unable to attend previously.


Our first pep rally will be held Monday, September 5, at 6 p.m. The pep rally, open to future Patriot Pioneers and their families, will take place in the Pioneers football stadium. Join in on the fun! Go Pioneers!

PHS QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER The Patriot newsletter will be posted electronically on the Patriot High School Web page quarterly. however, if you wish to receive a paper copy of the school news letter each quarter, please feel free to contact Mrs. Ellis ( to request a copy.

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH SCHOOL NEWS Citizens who want to stay informed about Prince William County School Board and Prince William County Public Schools announcements are invited to sign up for PWCS E-News. This Web-based, online service provides timely and up-to-date information about the activities of the School Division. Citizens can receive information based on the interests they indicate when they register. The Office of Communications Services maintains the service. Subscribers can choose to receive a variety of information such as emergency announcements, school closings, School Division announcements, news from individual schools, and much more. To register online go to

Discussion Point What do these words mean to you? Check your student agenda to see Patriot HS expectations for our students! Leadership... Character... Integrity...


Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere. ~ Ronald Regan

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CLUBS, DEPARTMENTS, AND ACTIVITIES NURSE’S CORNER Welcome back to school! As the nurse at Patriot High School, I am JoAnn Haun. I have 25 years of experience in nursing. I specialized in Pediatrics and Emergency Room Nursing in a hospital setting and in a Pediatric setting prior to coming to the Prince William County School district in 2002. I hope I can help answer some basic questions about policies & procedures, as well as provide up-to-date information for parents and students. The clinic is open from 7a.m. until 2 p.m. each day that school is in session. My phone number is listed below, you can fax me at 703-594-2814, attn: School Nurse, or email me at PHONE NUMBER– JoAnn Haun, RN, 703.594.3189 Now that school is in session consider five ways to help your health and make school go smoother this year. 9 Get 9 Hours of sleep each night – wake refreshed to start another day 5 Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day- give you energy for school 2 Limit computer and TV time to 2 hours a day – spend time with family 1 Exercise at least 1 hour a day – healthier you 0 Avoid sugary drinks – keeps weight down *****Important reminder for parents & students***** It is NOT appropriate to use a cell phone or to text for permission to go home. Students need to come to the Health Office, where parents will be contacted. Students are always allowed to call a parent and are always allowed to leave with parental consent. The nurse will discuss individual situations with parents if driving is not advised. Forms are needed yearly for any health assistance your child may need such as: Medication: Prescription or Over-the-Counter Medical Forms for 2011-12 School Year are: Asthma Form: 757-5 Medication Form: 757-4 Allergic Reaction: 757-2, EpiPens Diabetic Form: 757-6 Emergency Treatment Form: 757-3 Seizure : 757-7 To get to medical forms online, go to Prince William County home page and go to Regulations and search by number or topic. Immunizations State law requires that all students be properly immunized before being allowed to attend school. Parents will be notified by the School Nurse when their student is due for this immunization. At the high school level, the following immunizations are the most important: Hepatitis B immunization is required for all students in grades 9 through 12. A TDAP booster within the last 10 years. Two measles immunizations are required by Virginia to attend school. Any of the above immunizations can be obtained from your private physician or from The Health Department. Prince William County Health Department, 703.792.6300. Enjoy your year! Mrs. Haun, RN ASN School Health Nurse Page 13

CLUBS, DEPARTMENTS, AND ACTIVITIES FROM THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT We welcome everyone to the opening of Patriot High School and this year will be an amazing one with your positive presence! Please do not purchase the Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker as listed on the English Department Supply List. If you have purchased it already, then great, your child will certainly benefit from having it as a writing resource. The English teachers will provide a list of recommended writing reference books for you to choose from—you will keep these at home for personal use. Eleventh Grade Research Paper Parent Information Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, at 7 p.m. in the school’s library. We hope to see you there!

School Pictures Picture days are September 13-14. Your child will receive a picture order form during the first week of school and will receive information regarding when his or her specific picture day will take place. It is very important for your student to have his or her picture taken this school year. Patriot HS will use students id cards as a means to purchase lunches, check out library books, and will be required to be on his or her person while on school property, during the school day or at extracurricular activities.

Patriot Pioneer Inaugural Yearbook The 2011-12 Yearbook order form is attached at the back of this newsletter. The price of $65 is good through October 4. Please contact Artise Gill,, for further information.

FROM SCHOOL FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications were mailed by the School Division to families with children registered in Prince William County Schools. If you did not receive an application, please contact School Food and Nutrition Services at 703.791.7314 or your school. You may also complete the application electronically. Visit the school system Web site at to access the electronic application. The application packet includes information in English and/or Spanish. The Importance of Breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Research shows that breakfast eaters: Perform better academically, and get higher scores on standardized tests; Have better memory recall and are able to concentrate better; Have fewer disciplinary problems; Visit the school nurse less often; Are absent or tardy less often; Are less likely to be overweight or obese; Consume more nutrients, fiber, protein, and vitamins in their diets; and Eat more fruits, drink more milk, and consume less saturated fat than other students. Therefore, make sure your child has the opportunity to eat breakfast each day, either at home or at school. Our cafeteria offers high quality, nutritious breakfasts each school day. The breakfast menus served in the cafeterias are carefully planned by Registered Dietitians to provide one fourth of a student’s Recommended Dietary Allowances for the essential nutrients while containing no more than 30% calories from fat, 10% calories from saturated fat when averaged over the week. Students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunch are also eligible for free and reduced price breakfast. The reduced price is $.30. The cost for paid students not qualifying for meal assistance is $1.35. Breakfast is also available to teachers, parents and other adults for $1.90. Our Food Service Staff looks forward to serving breakfast to our students, parents, and staff to start their day of learning.

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CLUBS, DEPARTMENTS, AND ACTIVITIES Farm to School 2011-12 Prince William County Schools Food and Nutrition Services is actively seeking opportunities to bring fresh, locally grown produce to our school cafeterias. The past two years, our cafeterias partnered with Portwood Gardens in Dayton, VA to serve locally grown hydroponic bibb lettuce. The freshly harvested dark green, leafy lettuce provided more lutein, beta-carotene, potassium, iron and calcium than regular iceberg lettuce. Last year we also brought in a variety of other local produce. This September look for locally grown cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, nectarines, peppers, squash, tomatoes and watermelon. Later in the fall, we are making plans to obtain Virginia apples, broccoli, squash and sweet potatoes. In the spring, we anticipate serving blackberries, blueberries, sugar snap peas and strawberries. Incorporating local products into our menus gives our students to opportunity to enjoy fresh produce, while learning about seasonality of foods and how foods are grown.

PRINCIPAL’S STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL 2011-12 Purpose, Vision, & Mission Purpose 1. To provide students with input into some of the climate and culture of their new school. 2. To establish ideology, expectations and principles for leadership, involvement, and participation in the new school. Mission The mission of the Principal’s Student Advisory Council is to incorporate the ideas and opinions of students into the creation of Patriot High School—a place where we value students’ creativity, knowledge, and teamwork in order to lead the way of future success. Vision The Principal’s Student Advisory Council will be a knowledgeable group of student leaders who will encourage our peers to find individual success at Patriot High School and achieve greatness in all areas of our community. We will lead by example, be understanding of others, appreciative of student diversity, and unite our school as one. Student Advisory Council 2010-11 The members of the Principal’s Student Advisory Council were selected the week of September 4, 2010. Thank you to all of those who applied and represented the student body throughout the year as we prepared for the opening of Patriot.

Technology Information

SchoolFusion Update

SchoolFusion is the learning management system tied to Patriot’s Web site. SchoolFusion and the Web site are the same thing. When a student logs in, links to their class, club, and team pages appear along the left side of the window. In addition, their calendar will display all their class homework assignments and upcoming events. Parents who register have access to this same information under their My Family link. Students will receive their 2011-12 SchoolFusion log in information during the first week of school. Information about parent log ins will be posted to Patriot’s Web site as soon as it is available. If you have questions about SchoolFusion or Patriot’s Web site, please contact Patriot’s SchoolFusion administrator, Terry Lowry, at

Patriot’s “Delicious” Site ―Delicious‖ is a free online bookmarking utility. We have used this service to create a great site for our Patriot community with tons of links to resources for parents, students, and staff! Just go to patrioths or find the link on Patriot’s Instructional Technology Web page at Page 15


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FALL SPORTS Girls Basketball Head Coach: Jennifer Olinger, email: Assistant Coaches: Andrea Chadwick, Sarah Cureton, Kelsey Farmer Cheerleading Head Coach: Erin Martin, email: Assistant Coach: Lindsey Daugherty, email: Cross Country Head Coach: Adam Daniels, email: Assistant Coach: Rob Dulin email: Dance Team Head Coach: Kelly Kesler, email: Field Hockey Head Coach: Amanda Dunbrack, email: Football Head Coach: Brud Bicknell, email: Assistant Coaches: Vic Ceglie, Charlie Chandler, Kevin Kerns, Charles Porterfield, Darrin Russell, Kevin Surber, Tom Sutliff Golf Head Coach: Bill Childress, email: Volleyball Head Coach: Christina Woolwine, email:

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CLUBS, DEPARTMENTS, AND ACTIVITIES Booster Club News In March 2011, Principal Mike Bishop and Director of Student Activities Brad Qualls recruited a group of volunteers to form the first ever Patriot Pioneer Booster Club. The challenge was to truly embrace the word Pioneer and form a Booster Club unlike any other in Prince William County. Prince William County Schools adopted regulation 951-2 in 2008 governing Booster organizations to ensure they operate in a safe and legal manner. Regulation 951-2-III encourages ―School Wide‖ Booster organizations to support all school teams, programs, or extracurricular activities. Patriot is the first high school required to form a booster club under this regulation. Things will be a little different here than what you may have experienced at other schools. There will be only one Booster Club at Patriot that will raise funds to support all athletic teams, performing arts, and clubs. Teams, groups, and clubs are encouraged to form sub-booster groups with the understanding that the Booster Club would coordinate 3 to 4 major fund raising events per year which would all but eliminate the need for individual teams and clubs to raise their own funds. No more wrapping paper or candle sales! No more kids knocking on your door every other month or you passing around a form to ask co-workers to buy something at work. We will ask four things of you: 1. Our first fund raiser will be to strongly encourage every family to join the Booster Club. Only one membership per family is required for the entire school year and covers all of your kids sports and clubs. 2. Our second fund raiser will be selling the Patriot discount cards which will be available shortly after school begins. Even if your child will only be involved in spring sports, sign up now, sell some cards, and help raise the funds they will need this spring. 3. Our ongoing fund raisers will be concession sales and spirit wear sales. As a new school, we hope you will all stock up on Patriot gear and show our school colors, logos, and school spirit everywhere you go. When your group is asked to work concessions or spirit sales, show up willingly and on time knowing that your efforts are going to result in funding the needs of your kid’s passions and the rest of the school’s teams, clubs, and performing arts groups. 4. Participate in the general membership meetings, serve on a committee, volunteer to be a board member, and help with our winter and spring fund raisers. Get involved, but most of all, show your support by becoming a member. To learn more, check the Booster section of the Patriot High School Web page for informational materials and membership forms. If you want to speak with me, I am happy to take your calls or answer emails. Thanks so much in advance for your time and commitment to Patriot High School and the Boosters! Mike Lynn Booster Club President 703.856.8637 or

Interest does not tie nations together, it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them. ~ Woodrow Wilson

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The Patriot Athletic Boosters Program is not a program or department of the Prince William County Public Schools but an independent organization which has obtained the approval of PWCS to support its schools, students, teams, programs, and extracurricular activities. All funds raised by the Patriot Athletic Boosters Program are used for schoolrelated purposes.

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Last Name: Address: City: Phone #1: Phone #2: Child Name (1): Child Name (3):

First Name: State/Zip: Email #1: Email #2: Child Name (2): Child Name (4):

Business name for ads & banners (Send logo or artwork) Club or teams to divide designated funds to and allocation if not equal Paid by: CASH CHECK # CREDIT/DEBIT CARD

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2011-12 School Year

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PTA Officers 2011-12 Maria Brady


Michelle Holcom

First VP

Gayle Jenkins

Second VP

Janine Bonnor


Brian Layton


Think it! Plan it! Achieve it!

First Annual

Patriot Pumpkin Run

On the Web

Date: Sunday, October 23

Patriot High School

Time: Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Location: Patriot High School *Registration forms are available online*

Patriot PTSA

Entry Fees: 5K—$20


1 Mile Fun Run—$15

1 Mile Fun Run—$30 Race day registration—$25 *Register before October 20 and receive a race t-shirt * The Patriot Market & Craft Fair Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join us for SPIRIT NIGHT! Friday, September 9- Chick-Fil-A 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 4- Zinga Gainesville location from 4-7 p.m. Wed., October 26- Chick-Fil-A 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Get Involved!

The Patriot PTSA invites you to participate in our upcoming indoor market and craft fair. Patriot will showcase a mix of Hand Crafters, Home Based and Small Boutique business, Specialty Food, and Farmers Market Vendors.

It’s a great time to do some holiday shopping! We are actively encouraging our Booster Clubs and student organizations to participate in the Marketplace by selling their traditional and new fundraising items.

Create an original work. Be recognized. Deadline: October 12

First General PTSA Meeting:

Information available on:

Thursday, September 29


7 p.m.


Interested in volunteering? Send us an email at Page 22


Friday, September 9 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The PTSA is not a program or department of the Prince William County Public Schools but an independent organization which has obtained the approval of PWCS to support its schools, students, teams, programs, and extracurricular activities. All funds raised by the PTSA are used for school-related purposes.

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LIBRARY NEWS Your Patriot Library staff, Mrs. Roberts, Ms. Hughes, and Mrs. Ruckle, welcomes you all to a great new school year! Please, stop by to visit your library media center. We would like to show you all of the wonderful features, great library collection, and new technology that we have to offer. The library SchoolFusion page will be a great resource to you. You will find announcements, valuable files and documents, and important links to Web sites and databases that you will need throughout the year. LIBRARY HOURS Monday–Thursday

7 a.m.-3 p.m.


7 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

CHECK-OUT OF LIBRARY MATERIALS A photo ID is required to check out library materials at Patriot High School. Students may use any type of ID that has their picture and their name on it. Student IDs from previous schools are accepted. Please, plan to have your picture taken when current school IDs are made. IMPORTANT WEBSITES Library SchoolFusion Page: &gid=515230&sessionid=1f28b503adbf4c145e7d2f1d1c8a9756 This page is available to students 24/7/365. Library Online Catalog (Destiny/ OPAC): Students can access the library online catalog 24/7/365. eBooks can be accessed from the online catalog as well. Prince William County Public Library NEW BOOKS AND ELECTRONIC RESOURCES The Patriot High School Library will offer over 6,600 print books in the collection. These books were catalogued over the summer and are ready for students to enjoy. The collection will support student leisure reading as well as any need they might have for class assignments and research. An exciting and very useful addition will be more than 500 electronic books or eBooks. These books are on various topics and contain nonfiction, fiction, and reference titles. Students may access these resources through the library SchoolFusion page. Because the books are available online, they are available 24/7/365. Most of these books may be read by any number of students at the same time. We will continually add to this collection to maintain the best up to date resources available. Students will have a selection of electronic online databases to use for research. These are paid subscriptions, so that it is necessary to use a username and password to access them online. These logins with the usernames and passwords are available from the library media center staff.

Defeat doesn’t finish a man— quit does. A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He is finished when he quits. ~ Richard Nixon Page 24

LIBRARY NEWS TECHNOLOGY Students may use the library media center before and after school and during their lunch period. They may also come in with a pass from their teacher during the day. The library is equipped with laptops for student use. Students may print using the library printer. We will also have a set of new iPad2s. These will be used within the library for various projects and assignments. Students may use one of four stations in the library media center that feature large, flat-screen monitors. Special tables were designed for Patriot High School that allow a group of four students to plug in laptops. Then they may wirelessly display one of the laptop screens on the monitor. They may switch the display to any of the other laptops. This feature will be a wonderful asset for students working together on projects or peer editing. READ AND RIDE AROUND THE WORLD The library media center is equipped with two stationary bicycles. Students may read and pedal while they visit the library. A special reading program is being developed that will chart the miles students ride along with the number of pages read throughout the year. Students will be exercising their bodies as well as their brains at Patriot! Stayed tuned to hear about how many miles have been travelled. We may have students set goals for places they would like to go. We can integrate math and geography as well. PATRIOT BOOK CLUB Students who would like to participate in a school activity should check out the Patriot Book Club. We will meet once a month to discuss one of the Virginia Readers’ Choice nominated books. There will be an organizational meeting in the first weeks of school. Any student may join. We will have fun meeting to talk about the books that we have read and to share some refreshments. See you there!!

There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt Page 25


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School Board Mr. Milton C. Johns Chairman At-Large Mr. Don Richardson Vice Chairman Gainesville District Mrs. Lisa E. Bell Neabsco District

Dr. Michael I. Otaigbe Coles District

Mrs. Betty Covington Potomac District

Mrs. Denita S. Ramirez Woodbridge District

Mr. Grant Lattin Occoquan District

Mr. Gil Trenum Brentsville District

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven L. Walts

The Prince William County Public School Division does not discriminate in employment or in its educational programs and activities against qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, veteran status, or disability.

Patriot High School Administrative Team Dr. Michael E. Bishop, Principal Ms. Madre Mack., Assistant Principal Mrs. Emily Utter, Assistant Principal Mr. Lance Sherrill, Teacher on Administrative Assignment Mrs. Chrystal L. Thompson, Teacher on Administrative Assignment Ms. Terri Snoots, Director of Guidance Mr. Brad Qualls, Director of Student Activities Mr. John Lavely, Security





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